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Old Wed, Sep-06-2017, 02:33:15 PM   #1
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Everyone loves a dedicated track vehicle that is road legal, especially one that has been enjoyed and was now ready to lean towards the investment track to be brought out on the most perfect of days. Which we can all appreciate as some day these cars will be more and more scarce, so preservation is key to remember the golden era of sports cars.

Quite easily the most comphrehensive write-up I have made in a long time, although I have another one brewing that is just as extensive. This visual journey will take you through the start to finish of reversing time on a previously enjoyed GT3RS that was kept outside for a good portion of it's life and tracked semi-regularly. The goal of this project was to essentially make this 997.2 appear like it has never seen a road surface and protect it properly should it see the road again.

This meant complete wheels off tear down to everything short of pulling the motor and undercarriage - which we have done before - but was unnecessary here. As thorough as physically possible cleaning through degreasing, steaming, clay, correction/polishing of all surfaces to be properly conditioned and protected via sealant, ceramic coating or clear film.

With that said, the visuals will explain the process for me from here...starting with how it arrived - driven in by the owner - and on first sight, as stunning a car as it is, was clearly in need of a refresh.






Fortunately the main impact areas of the vehicle were protected with clear film, though not installed well and leaving key areas exposed to damage. Which effectively defeats the point of wrapping the panel in my opinion and points to one of the limitations of a template install without manual adjustments or proper install.







First order was removal of the clear film to properly prepare the paint as we will be installing a full body clear wrap after everything is brought back to it's fullest potential. The rest of the visual inspection yielded that our work was cut out in correctiong the GrayBlack paint surface and showing proof that the vehicle has likely never been properly cleaned, let alone detailed.









After the initial preparation, we began to disassemble the car to complete the preparation before the paint correction could commence. The most involved part of this whole project, as we were finding more and more fun stuff as panels were removed. Below you will see some of the befores with a few immediate afters to show the difference and extent.













This process also included the undercarriage areas and wheels themselves. First pair of photos show the light scuffing on the wheel surfaces that were polished out and then ceramic coated for protection





The wheel wells themselves...










With the full body preparation complete, the paint correction completed, as seen in this 50/50 photo, it was time to bring it all together with the best combination of protection possible - Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coating - in this case CQuartz Finest Reserve.




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Old Wed, Sep-06-2017, 02:35:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: Porsche GT3RS - From Neglected to Museum Ready - By Oakes Detail

However, that's not without replacing the GT3RS vinyl throughout the car, as they had seen better days just like the paint. The badges and flags were removed, their locations paint corrected, new lettering placed and then clear wrap installed over top per the owners request.






Now the paint protection film install could commence, which was a mix of manually adjusted template or completely custom install to remove seams and edges any where possible. The film was installed over all of the vinyl to protect them and should we ever remove the film in the future, we don't have to take out a second mortgage for OEM vinyl replacement.

These next two photos show the extent of the tear down, headlights, door handles, mirrors, rear wing, badges, roof veins and anything else reasonably straight forward to disassemble to allow for full wrapped over edges to hide the film as best as possible. This way we avoid edges and gaps similar to the photos shown at the beginning of this thread from previous install. Not everyone agrees with this approach, which is fine, we only persue the clients requests to the best of our abilities. Goal here was to not see it, at all, so that's the way we went!









With the Xpel Ultimate Clear Film installed and CQuartz Finest Reserve ceramic coating installed, it was reassembled and then brought down for the finished photos. You will see below the finished results of the full body wrap and the depth and gloss accomplished on this now spotless GT3RS!









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The last step of the process was to take her home, so we snapped a few outside shots of the completed project and then loaded it into our custom enclosed trailer to return to the collection of equally awesome P-Cars to be tucked in.






One last wave goodbye before closing the full access hatch of our trailer, this one was surely for the books!



As always, thanks for looking!

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Old Fri, Sep-08-2017, 06:44:20 PM   #3
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well done! nice work.. one of my true dream cars.
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So how much does this cost all in?
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Old Tue, Sep-12-2017, 03:53:42 PM   #5
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WOW amazing!
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Incredible.
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The intensity and human effort of all this, just me want to cry, lol! Amazing job guys!
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Amazing job ... but these cars are ment to be driven and abused not pampered and stored in a museum


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